The Workday implementation is complete and both student employees and their supervisors are now able to access our new hiring and payroll system. With this implementation, you may have questions along the way. We have created training resources for prospective student employees as well as current student employees and their supervisors. This includes a student employee job aid website and a student supervisor job aid website. After reviewing these jobs aids and resources, if you still have questions, please feel free to reach out to our office at [email protected]. We would be happy to assist.



  1. Go to
  2. Click on the Workday "W" icon and login
  3. Search for "Student Employment Opportunities"
  4. Visit our job aid website for further guidance.
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Experiential Learning

We are excited to announce our new Experiential Learning Program that will begin with the Fall 2023 semester. Click on the button below to learn more about how GVSU is committed to the growth and development of our student employees.



Student Services Center

Student Employment works with all University departments and the community to create part-time and summer employment opportunities for students. As part of the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships, we administer the Federal Work-Study Program university-wide. The purpose of Student Employment is to aid students in obtaining employment that will help finance their education and develop work skills for their future career choice.

Student Employment is a resource for job-seeking students and uses a system called Workday. Workday will not only help students find on-campus employment, but will also assist them in tracking their hours and viewing paychecks.

The best way for prospective on-campus employers to find student applicants is through Workday where you can hire students, approve their time, and manage their employment history. The best way for prospective off-campus employers to reach Grand Valley students is through Handshake where you can post and manage your job posting, customize a job application, and track student applicants.

We look forward to working with you!

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Quick Links

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A student employee is a part-time employee who is enrolled and is regularly attending classes at Grand Valley State University. The primary purpose for being at Grand Valley State University is to further his/her education. Such employment, therefore, is interim or temporary and incidental to the pursuit of an education. Student employees shall not work more than twenty-five (25) hours per week. A student must be enrolled for a minimum of six credits each term to be employed on campus.

Office Goal

Student Employment is located within the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships.  The goal of Student Employment is to provide a centralized source of employment information and opportunities for Grand Valley State University students. We provide an opportunity for practical work experience as a means of financial assistance while at Grand Valley. Student Employment provides an online resource, Workday, enabling students to search for employment opportunities on-campus. We also partner with off-campus employers through Handshake to connect students and alumni to employment opportunities both in west Michigan and throughout the country. You decide which jobs to apply for. You may want to select jobs based on your work experience, location, and interest.



Handshake is the job sharing platform that Grand Valley uses to help students find off-campus employment. Not only does Handshake help students locate off-campus employment, it also has the ability to connect students to internships, part-time employment or even a career after graduation. Students also have the ability to narrow down their search based on their skill set or in a field they are interested in.



Handshake isn't just limited to the Grand Valley community. Handshake can be a great tool for a variety of businesses and employers to search for, interview, and hire employees. Handshake is also a useful tool for those looking for in-home employees such as a nanny, tutor, housekeeper or assistant.

Fun Facts
There are over 4,500 student employees working on Grand Valley's campuses throughout the year
Research studies show that 10-15 hours of employment per week is often associated with a higher GPA and an increase in skills, such as time management
Workday is updated daily with new on-campus job postings for students to apply for

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We'd love to speak with you. Feel free to call our office at (616) 331-3238  or email us at [email protected]

Disclaimer: Grand Valley State University Student Employment maintains this web site as a service to GVSU students. The presence of job announcements on this site does not indicate an endorsement or recommendation from GVSU or Student Employment. Students are urged to perform due diligence when applying for or accepting private off-campus employment.

Page last modified July 2, 2024